Pot grow operation found in deceased man’s basement

December 1, 2018

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office discovered a large marijuana grow operation in the basement of Jeffrey Archer’s Game Creek house, police confirmed on Friday.

Archer, 69, was found deceased in his home last week. Authorities believe he died of natural causes.

Five of his dogs were also found dead in a separate room. One surviving dog was rescued and is recovering from dehydration.

After realizing there was a hidden basement, investigators returned to the house on Thursday.

“The marijuana grow appears to have been abandoned mid-grow a year or even years ago and it was just just left there in place,” Teton County Sgt. Todd Stanyon said. “There are plants in cots and beds.”

Stanyon said the plants appeared to be dead.

“Some of the plants are so old that you touch them and they disintegrate,” he said.

The entry to the basement was covered by a wall of debris, Stanyon said.

Stanyon said they have no prior contacts with Archer but the operation looked too big for just one person.

“It looks to be a lot more than personal use,” Stanyon said. “But he’s never come up in any previous investigations. We can’t prove he was distributing.”

All the windows of the basement were taped over and a wall of trash about six feet high covered the entrance to the stairs, leaving police to believe Archer walked away from the operation years ago.

A sixth deceased dog was also found in the basement but appeared to have died long before Archer did, police said.

The German shepherd was mummified inside a plastic tub.

Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and a Jackson Hole Fire/EMS hazardous materials team are on scene collecting the drugs for destruction.

The house has been condemned. This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is released.

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